DASH Diet - Proven To Lower Blood Pressure, With Easy How To Start Tips For A More Healthy Heart
By Debbie Benson
One of the more popular healthy eating plans is the DASH diet. "DASH" is the catchy acronym for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Researchers have proven that this type of eating plan can reduce the risk of getting high blood pressure, and can effectively reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension.
The DASH diet started out as a scientific study to test how nutrients in food can affect blood pressure. The study found that by having a diet which focused on vegetables, fruits, low fat dairy foods, and legumes, that lower blood pressure could be achieved. This eating plan also encourages eating fish, nuts, poultry, whole grains, and a limited amount of red meats, fats, and sweets. Also, portion control is recommended.
Another scientific study, called the "Lower Sodium DASH Diet" eating plan, analyzed how a reduction in sodium (1500 mg of sodium per day) affected blood pressure for those on the Standard DASH diet (2300 mg of sodium per day) and for those on the typical American diet (3500 mg average sodium per day). The study indicated that blood pressure did get lower with a decreased sodium intake for both groups. Those eating the normal American diet as well as those people following the Standard DASH diet. However, those who were following the Lower Sodium DASH diet which had the greatest sodium reduction showed the largest decrease in blood pressure. This study proves that whatever food plan you follow, lowering your salt and sodium intake is important.
Note: One of the best ways to lower your sodium intake is by eliminating salt. Don't use the salt shaker at the table and don't salt the food when you are cooking. Start using salt free seasonings and a salt substitute.
Below are some tips to get you started on this healthy eating plan:
The DASH diet which you have learned is focused on whole grains, non fat and low fat dairy, lean meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and legumes/beans. It was developed in a clinical setting and is not a fad diet. Easy to follow, proven to lower blood pressure, and reduces the risks of heart disease. No other diet has the amount of supported medical data. This is a simple eating plan that can be easily adapted into anyone's lifestyle. Start today with small changes for lower blood pressure and a more healthy heart.
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